Thursday, December 16, 2010

Family Fun

Our other new tradition this year has been really fun for us all. At the beginning of December, I made a paper chain with 25 links. Each day we tear off one link and find a surprise, fun activity inside. Some days we open the link after supper, and some days it is after breakfast. It all depends on what the activity is for the day. If it's a nighttime activity, we do it after we do the Jesse Tree for that day. Here are some pictures of our first two weeks of activities.

Instead of doing the gingerbread house this year, we made the gingerbread train one night.

One night the chain read, "Enjoy a Grinchy surprise!" We watched "The Grinch" together and the boys got these bedtime buddies.

One Saturday morning we had Christmas pancakes.

One day they were to find a surprise inside their lunchboxes at school. Another night we went to see the Lights at Lanier.
Our trip to Santa was one day. We've done a couple of crafts also. Here they are painting some ornaments.

Another craft was making foam gingerbread houses.

We've also watched a new Veggie Tales Christmas DVDmade molasses sugar cookies, made gifts for their teachers, and yesterday we had a surprise visitor after naptime. Stay tuned to see who that might have been. . .


StefanieJMoore said...

I think this is the second time I've noticed cute pancakes on your blog. What do you have and where can I find it?

Paige said...

Stefanie - They are Williams-Sonoma pancake molds. You can use cookie cutters as well, but these have a handle that makes it easy to remove them when the pancake are done.

What kind of gingerbread house did y'all make? Yours looked so much better than ours always does!

StefanieJMoore said...

Thanks! I'll have to check them out the next time at the mall!

I got the our gingerbread houses from Wal*Mart. They were already put together and just needed to be decorated. We've gotten the ones you have to put together in the past and it's usually a disaster.

I love all of the traditions you've been mentioning on the blog! I'm sure the boys love them, too!

Tina said...

Fun, fun, fun!!!!!!